Running Scared (2006) Review



I’d heard good things bout this movie but it just didn’t grab me and there was very little I genuinely enjoyed. I know Running Scared has its fans but I`m not one of them.

Plot: Mafia flunky Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is ordered to dispose of the guns that killed a pair of policemen. He hides them in his basement, where they are found by Oleg (Cameron Bright), the kid from next door, who uses one to shoot his brutal stepfather, a Russian mobster. The boy runs off, and Joey pursues him into the criminal underworld, desperate to retrieve the incriminating weapon. Meanwhile, corrupt detective Rydell (Chazz Palminteri) is following Joey’s trail with his own agenda.

Review: This is one that I was curious about when I heard about it a few years ago, it seemed interesting from the premise and I don’t mind Paul Walker as an actor. I figured I’d give it a chance.

Unfortunately, I don’t like this one at all. There’s very few positives I have, but here they are:
Paul Walker does a decent job with his role.
The action that is there is alright, not terrible, but nothing great to it.
The direction is fine at times.

To me, everything else doesn’t work, the story ends up being uninteresting and boring with an uneven tone.

The characters aren’t very memorable and there’s not much development to a lot of them, at least to me.

The biggest problem with me is the writing; it feels like a Rob Zombie film at times with that. I can usually handle this, but when it’s excessive and beyond forced, that’s when I have a problem with it.

Overall, I know Running Scared has its fans, and I know a lot will disagree me on this, but this is how I feel. I wish I felt different, but I have to be honest.